Agenda and minutes

North and East Plans Panel - Thursday, 28th November, 2019 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Debbie Oldham  Email:

No. Item

Site Visits

The site visits earlier in the day were attended by Councillors Ritchie, Grahame, Nash, Sharpe, Midgley, Smith and Anderson.


Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded)


(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)



There were no appeals against refusal of inspection of documents.


Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public


1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.


2  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.


3  If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-


  RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:-



There were no exempt items.


Late Items


To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration


(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)



There were no late items.


Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct. 


No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests were made at the meeting.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Cllr. D Collins.


Minutes - 24th October 2019 pdf icon PDF 182 KB

To receive and approve the minutes of the meeting held on 24th October 2019.


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 24th October 2019 be approved as a correct record, with the following amendments made to Minute 50 19/03390/FU – 9 The Laurels.

·  The applicant advised and confirmed to The Laurels residents that his in-laws would bring their car with them when they move into the extension

·  The two storey extension would impact on the use of the garden at number 7 due to overshadowing

·  The two storey extension would impact on the use of the garden at number 11 due to loss of privacy

·  Residents of The Laurels were only made aware that a two storey extension was proposed by receipt of the Council Planning Application letter dated 8 July.





The report of the Chief Planning Officer requests Members consideration on an application to demolition of existing dwelling and construction of four dwellings at Greystones Park Road, Colton, Leeds LS15 9AJ


(Report attached)


The report of the Chief Planning Officer set out an application for the demolition of existing dwelling and construction of four dwellings, at Greystones, Park Road, Colton.


Members had attended a site visit earlier in the day. Photographs and slides were shown throughout the presentation.


The application was brought to Plans Panel as the proposal is within a prominent and sensitive site within Colton Conservation Area and had generated a significant amount of representations in the local community.


The proposal was for the demolition of an existing bungalow and construction of four dwellings. The bungalow has been demolished since the original submission along with timber outbuildings.


Members were informed of the following key points:

·  The proposal is for four two storey dwellings, two fronting on to Meynell Road these would be linked by garages have four bedrooms, and two detached dwellings fronting onto Park Road;

·  The houses would be constructed of brick with slate roofs, and timber window;

·  The houses fronting onto Park Road would share one access point whilst the houses fronting onto Meynell Road would have their own vehicle and pedestrian access;

·  A minimum of two open parking spaces are proposed for each dwelling in addition to the garages that are proposed for three of the four dwellings;

·  The proposal also sets out an extension of the footpath on Meynell Road;

·  The layout shows the retention of the majority of existing trees and hedges, and includes details of how construction would take place to provide retaining walls close to tree root systems. A slide was shown during the presentation which showed the Panel how the tree roots were to be protected;

·  The area is designated as part of the Colton Conservation Area. Beyond the Park Road Farm Buildings which are grade II listed to the South are open agricultural fields;

·  The site shares it boundary with Holly Tree Cottage which is grade II listed;

·  The application has received a number of objections these were set out at point 6.1 and 6.2 of the submitted report. It was noted that most of the objections received related to there being too many dwellings proposed, concerns had also been raised that the demolition of the bungalow had taken place too soon and that this could set a precedent;

·  2 further objections had been received since the publication of the report. These objections were read out to the Panel as follows:

o  Parking provision insufficient and will result in on street parking

o  Park Hill / Meynell Road dangerous junction and this will make it worse

o  Reducing scheme by one and increasing parking will help

o  Local residents concerns have not been addressed

o  Demolition of bungalow sets dangerous precedent

o  Wrong to demolish without appropriate permission

o  Impact on amenity

o  Drainage insufficient and surface water run-off

·  The proposals meet the requirements of adequate separation between the proposed properties and those of neighbouring properties. Some relocation of the dwellings has taken place so that the dwellings are located further into  ...  view the full minutes text for item 60.




To receive the report of the Chief Planning Officer for the refurbishment, reconfiguration and extension of the hospice Martin House Childrens Hospice Grove Road, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6TX.


(Report attached)


The report of the Chief Planning Officer set out a pre-application for the refurbishment, reconfiguration and extension of Martin House Children’s Hospice, Grove Road, Boston Spa.


The pre-application enquiry had been submitted by WSP Indigo Planning on behalf of Martin House Children’s Hospice.


Members had attended a site visit earlier in the day. Photographs and slides were shown throughout the presentation.


The proposals submitted consist of the refurbishment of the existing accommodation and the provision of new accommodation to provide new ensuite children’s bedrooms, an education suite, parent’s bedrooms and staff facilities. An additional 26 car parking spaces are proposed.


The Hospice are aware that this location is within the green belt, however, they were of the view that the proposed extension was not disproportionate or inappropriate in this area. The access, parking, tress and neighbours had all been taken into account within their proposals.


Representation had been received from Wetherby Ward Members and Clifford Council both of whom provided supportive comments. A letter for the Wetherby Ward Members was read out by the Planning Officer.


The Panel were advised that Martin House was a community lead care facility which offered specialist and respite care and support for children and families from North, East and West Yorkshire. Care is provided to the children and families on a number of complex issues 24/7, 365 days a year. Martin House is a beacon of best practice both nationally and internationally. They invented the model of palliative care for children.


Members heard that technologies are changing and larger facilities were required for the numerous pieces of equipment which is need such as larger wheelchairs, hoists, TV’s etc.


It was noted that due to boiler problems the hospice has had to close on two occasions in the last two years and this issue would also be addressed as part of the refurbishment.


Children and families had been consulted as part of the process to ask them what they wanted. The refurbishment would include bedrooms with better access for bedrooms and ensuite bedrooms for privacy, separate entrance for those visiting the hospice, new access and egress to the site, homely feel for families and children, maintain the openness of the gardens which are used for events and act as a buffer to the new housing estate to the east of the site.


The current location is ideal as it is close to hospitals and also easily accessible for children and families across North, East and West Yorkshire.


The development would not be adding further bedrooms just making the bedrooms that they have better.



Members were required to answer a number of questions as set out in the submitted report:

9.5 Do Members have appropriate information to understand whether a case for ‘very special circumstances’ exists?  YES

9.8 Do Members support the emerging scale, massing and design of the proposals?   YES

9.12 Do Members have any comment to make on the applicant’s proposals at this time in respect of climate change?  Members approved of the proposals.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 61.




To receive the report of the Chief Planning Officer for a pre application for the demolition of a number of buildings within the site and the construction of new pathology facility building St James Hospital Beckett Street, Burmantofts, Leeds  lLS9 7TF.


(Report attached)


The Panel received the report of the Chief Planning Officer which set out a pre-application presentation for the demolition of a number of buildings within the site and the construction of a new Pathology facility building in their place at St James University Hospital, Beckett Street, Burmantofts, Leeds.


A number of speakers attended the meeting on behalf of the developer Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.


Members were informed by the developer’s team of the following key points:

·  The development would be compliant with policy;

·  It would be for hospital use;

·  The proposal requires that 10 trees would be removed. Members were advised that this council had a policy that for every tree removed 3 would be planted. It was noted that this would be part of the indicative landscaping;

·  Two Ward Members Cllrs Khan and Ragan had been consulted. As part of the consultation the Ward Members had requested that the new development should use, train and employ people from the local area. The developer was in communication with colleagues in Jobs and Skills and this would request would be taken into account through partnership working;

·  These proposals form part of a  wider ‘Leedsway’ across the hospital trust sites;

·  Pathology currently is located in different buildings. This is not a patient facility but is for the diagnosis of illness and treatments through a variety of tests;

·  The development seeks to demolish two 1960’s buildings which are located in the north-eastern corner of the hospital campus. The buildings are currently vacant with the site not having large footfall this site needs regeneration;

·  The proposal is for a purpose built two storey building, plus a basement with a slight under croft, parking and landscaping;

·  There would not be large volumes of traffic to the site but there was a specific need for a drop off facility for urgent deliveries and samples;

·  The boundary wall backing to existing streets would be retained;

·  Advance work had taken place for funding purposes.


Members’ discussions included:

·  Existing car parking issues in surrounding streets associated with the hospital;

·  The construction of additional decks above existing surface level parking areas to increase parking capacity;

·  Clarification on the number of additional staff on site at any time;

·  Travel plans for staff working at the facility. Members proposed a number of options which included;

o  Staff permits

o  Park and ride

o  Shuttle bus including options for local people to use the service

·  Request for the area for staff to have natural daylight;

·  Future maintenance of trees. It was highlighted that there was a cherry tree on the site which had Velcro round it and this should be cut as it was starting to bite into the trunk of the tree

·  Feasibility of using District Heating system which it was noted does serve properties in the area

·  A green wall located on the wall to be retained close to neighbouring houses

·  Use of cladding should be of an acceptable standard


It was the view that this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 62.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the North and East Plans Panel will be on 19th December 2019, at 1.30pm.


The next meeting of the North and East Plans Panel will be on Thursday 19th December 2019 at 1.30pm.